Adam Schiff Responds After House Intel Republicans Call for His Resignation

Adam Schiff

House Republicans called on Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to resign from his House Intelligence Committee chairman post on Thursday, alleging he was unfit for office because of his belief that President Donald Trump colluded with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election.

Schiff passionately fired back, listing off all the evidence he believes links Trump with Russian collusion and said it was wrong regardless of whether or not special counsel Robert Mueller found it to be criminal.

“My colleagues may think it’s OK that the Russians offered dirt on the Democratic candidate for president as part of what was described as the Russian government’s effort to help the Trump campaign,” Schiff started his retaliation at the House Intelligence Committee hearing. “You might think that’s OK.”

Schiff listed off numerous connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, such as the meeting at Trump Tower, Trump’s public statement asking Russia to hack Hillary Clinton‘s emails, and Jared Kushner‘s alleged desire to set up a “secret back channel” of communication with the Russians.

“You might say that’s all OK. You might say that’s just what you need to do to win. But I don’t think it’s OK. I think it’s immoral, I think it’s unethical, I think it’s unpatriotic, and yes, I think it’s corrupt and evidence of collusion. I’ve always said that the question of whether this amounts to proof of conspiracy was another matter. Whether the special counsel could prove beyond a reasonable doubt the proof of that crime would be up to the special counsel, and I would accept his decision, and I do. He’s a good and honorable man, and he’s a good prosecutor, but I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. And the day we do think that’s OK is the day we will look back and say, ‘That is the day America lost its way.'”

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Schiff’s impassioned speech followed Rep. Mike Conaway’s (R-Texas) demand that the California congressman resign from his chairman position.

Conaway claimed that the special counsel’s report, which still has not been turned over to Congress, proved Schiff was engaging in a lie against Trump.

A summary of the report provided by Attorney General William Barr this week stated that the report concluded there was no collusion between Trump or any of his associates and the Russian government.

“Despite these findings, you continue to proclaim to the media that there is significant evidence of collusion,” Conaway said. “[…] Your willingness to continue to promote a demonstrably false narrative is alarming.

“We have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties in a matter consistent with your constitutional responsibility and urge your immediate resignation as chairman of the committee,” he added.

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Trump also called on Schiff to resign, but he took it a step further, asking Schiff to resign from Congress overall.

“Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!” the president tweeted Thursday morning.

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